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Ichiro Ozawa’s Shinshinto, the largest opposition party, is facing a major crisis in the wake of its defeat in the recent Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly election.

Shinshinto’s most disappointing election since its establishment in December 1994 has helped fuel dissatisfaction among some members over Ozawa’s leadership and the management of the party. Kiyoshi Ueda, who resigned from the party July 14 with two other members, openly criticized its leadership, saying “What is lacking in Shinshinto is self-examination or reflection when it fails at something.”

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